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April 2020 Newsletter


*Information contained in this newsletter may not imply approval by SENS directors.

*For the latest updates, check out the SENS Facebook Event Page!


*The Corona Virus Situation has triggered cancellation of ALL live/group events for the foreseeable future…


*Self -isolate! Wash your hands a lot. Wear gloves when touching anything ‘out there’ AND avoid touching your face! Stay away from high human traffic areas and use 2 meters for distance from others…. Goggle ‘face mask pattern’ for examples that you can make and wear OR make to give to those who need them.


*Community Support Needed: The Chamber of Commerce has kindly launched a page that lists which non-profits require additional community support due to COVID 19:  .  This is to promote donations/funds needed for COVID19 specific needs, as opposed to general fundraising efforts. 



1. SENS Annual General Meeting (AGM): April 23rd, 7 pm, Schubert Centre. CANCELLED.

2. Eco-Friendly Home Tour: May 2nd, 2020. CANCELLED.


1.Farmers’ Markets: As these food markets are considered an essential service, they are open with stalls spaced well apart and only soap/cleaner sales and food growers/sellers will be present.

Vernon: Kal Tire Place Tentatively: Thursday, April 16. Organizers are awaiting approval…

Lumby: Year-round, Monashee Food Co-Op (GMO/pesticide-free!), Shuswap Ave.

Armstrong: Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm, Odd Fellows Hall, Bridge St. possibly until April 18.

2. Climate Action: April 4th, 2 – 5 pm, virtual meeting at Eventbrite. Join hosts City of Vernon and BCSEA (Okanagan Chapter) to participate and provide input on the City of Vernon’s Climate Action Plan! The details and link will be emailed on the morning of April 4th.

3. Wondercafé.live! @ Lumby United Church Hall: CANCELLED.

April 17th – THE BRIDGE LAND FOR LEARNING by Andrea Thiessen, Principal

April 24th - NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION by Mike Moyer, Safe Communities, R.D.N.O.

4. Home Food Delivery: Organic Enderberry Farm is offering an Early Bird 10% Discount! Sign Up for 2020 Harvest Boxes. Here are the details. These North Okanagan farms also provide organic CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Harvest Boxes: Green Croft Gardens, Pilgrims Produce, Fresh Valley Farm (meat box).


1. YouTube: (a) Air Layering Fruit Trees (b) Smokanagan - a Telus documentary featuring local citizens.

2. Nature Canada’s Bird Day Webinar: May 9th is World Migratory Bird Day. Check out this information and sign up for April 21st!

3. 5G, COVID 19, and Immunity: Go to this link: and in the upper right corner click on “Translate” .

4. Renewable Energy Course: Simon Fraser University and BCSEA is offering this 12-week online professional development course from April 6th – June 28th, 2020. Now in its third year, the 30-hour course is designed for local government staff and other individuals concerned about their energy future!

5. Virtual Freshwater Trivia Night: Wed, April 1, 7 pm EDT, 4 pm PDT. The sponsor, Canadian Freshwater Alliance, will use their ZOOM channel. The link for the zoom call will be posted 24 hours before the event. RSVP, share with those whom you're not able to visit in person right now and click here to download Zoom for free.


1. 100% Climate/Nature Friendly by 2025? Here's some great climate family planning!

2. 50 Ways to Stay Sane Re: Corona 19: Check it out!

3. 15 Questions on COVID 19 Emergency Food and Farming Planning for BC:

4. We All Need Humour! Corona Virus Rhapsody:


1. Adaptive Re-use of Older Buildings: “Instead of starting from scratch, what are some creative and innovative ways to preserve and re-imagine historic buildings, while adapting to modern standards?” For some adaptive-reuse projects across Canada that energize, go here!

2. London Saves Billions with Green Canopy: A new report estimates tree cover saved the British capital more than 5 billion pounds from 2014 to 2018 through air cooling alone. Additionally, by keeping summer temperatures bearable for workers, trees prevented productivity losses. “ For the full story, go here!


1. Legal Rights For Rivers? “As many Indigenous Peoples worldwide have articulated, we come from nature and are kin to it. We don’t own it. To develop news systems of sustenance and respect, we must move collectively beyond seeing nature as merely something to exploit!” For the entire article, go here.

2. Idle Some More - A Novel Climate Solution: “The climate situation demands idleness from society. We must listen to the body in sickness; we must listen to the planet in crisis. At the very least, we need to slow down!”To read more, go here.


1. ACTION on Logging Roads: Please provide input into BC Timber Sales' (BCTS) road construction plans which overlap with the Columbia Western Rail Trail! BCTS will receive written feedback on Operating Plan #16 until April 13th, 2020. For more information, go here!.


1. Cuts to Alberta Parks System: Despite committing to protecting 17% of land and inland waters by the end of 2020, this province is removing protections from numerous parks and plans to open them to private interests… For more, go here!

Co-Edited with Egan Mandreck

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